se·​mi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsē-mē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce semiology (audio) , ˌse-mē-, ˌsē-ˌmī- How to pronounce semiology (audio) \

Definition of semiology

: the study of signs especially : semiotics

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Other Words from semiology

semiological \ (ˌ)sē-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce semiological (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ How to pronounce semiological (audio) \ adjective
semiologically \ (ˌ)sē-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semiologically (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ How to pronounce semiologically (audio) \ adverb
semiologist \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce semiologist (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ How to pronounce semiologist (audio) \ noun

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The semiology of the cowboy being about as obvious as that of the Stars and Stripes pin. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Marco Rubio’s Shiny Boots Stir Up the Presidential Race," 7 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of semiology

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semiology

Greek sēmeion sign

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The first known use of semiology was circa 1890

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variants: or semeiology \ ˌsem-​ē-​ˈäl-​ə-​jē How to pronounce semeiology (audio) , ˌsē-​mē-​ How to pronounce semeiology (audio) \
plural semiologies

Medical Definition of semiology

: the study of signs: as
b : semiotic

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